If someone told you that water could stain your carpet and upholstery you probably would never believe them! Most people would say no way water could actually stain your carpet. The truth is that water can stain your carpet and upholstery if it is left to dry. Water is essential to life and is used in many facets. Drinking water is the top of the list and is needed to hydrate a person. They need the water to survive just like animals and plants. Water is an important part of survival and is used in other areas as well such as cleaning and cooking. It is made up of hydrogen and oxygen which if that was spilled on your carpet it would never leave a spot. The problems comes when the water has additives to it. When the water is collected and used to bottle or sent to your house it has gone through the ground. The rocks, dirt and sand are not part of the water and that is what is called sediment and minerals. All of the extra sediment and minerals cannot be completely removed so when it comes out of the faucet it has some of that still left. When the water dries the minerals are left behind and that is what is visible and looks like white streaks on the carpet.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning Explains the Best Way to Deal With a Water Stain On Your Carpet & Upholstery

What Cleaning Products to Use to Remove Water Stains: Some people think that using an acid is the way to go. Acid does work to break down minerals and sediment but it can cause damage to the fibers of the carpet. The acid that is the most well-known for cleaning is vinegar. Although it is a great cleaning agent for bathroom and disinfecting many things you can’t always use it on carpets. To be sure that it is safe for your carpet is to do a spot check. You test a piece of carpet that is in the back of the closet for signs of damage. If you don’t want to take your chances of damaging your carpet you can also use warm water and a tablespoon of dish soap. Combine these two ingredients into a spray bottle and cover the area that you want to treat.
Agitate & Vacuum Water Stains on Carpet: The next step of the process is to allow the soaked area to sit for about five to ten minutes. After it has had time to sit, you need to agitate the area with your fingernails or a soft brush that won’t damage the upholstery of carpet. This will pull the minerals away from the carpet and allow you the chance to pick it up. You can’t pick it up by hand so using a wet/dry vac is a great solution. You can remove the left over sediment as well as the water that you used to clean the area.
If you are not sure how to deal with a water stain or any other type of stain on your carpets and upholstery call a professional. We have the right tools and cleaning solutions to take care of the dirt and stains on your carpet.

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